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Updated 2019-04-21 16:20
Cholera update: Yemen and Somalia
Yemen Yemeni health officials reported an additional 27,840 suspected cases of cholera with 48 associated deaths during the week ending April 14. Eighteen percent of these are considered severe cases. The districts reporting the highest number of suspected cases of cholera during the latest week are Bani al Harith (869), Shu’aub (855), As Sabain (808), […]The post Cholera update: Yemen and Somalia appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Ukraine closes in on 40,000 measles cases
With an additional 2,279 people infected with measles during the week ending April 13, the outbreak in Ukraine now stands at 39,549 including 14 fatalities, according to the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Fifty-four percent of cases have been reported in children. During the most recent week, cases were […]The post Ukraine closes in on 40,000 measles cases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Streptococcus suis infections in Thailand, 10 deaths in first three months
The Thailand Division of Disease Control (DDC) with the Ministry of Health (MOH) is warning (computer translated) the public against eating pork that isn’t properly cooked due to the risk of Streptococcus suis infection. During the first three months of 2019, health officials have reported 50 S. suis infections, including 10 fatalities. The risk to […]The post Streptococcus suis infections in Thailand, 10 deaths in first three months appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Japan syphilis update and other infectious diseases
Syphilis Nearly a month after our last report on the syphilis situation in Japan, officials report an additional 495 cases, bringing the total cases for 2019 to 1627. According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Tokyo has seen 425 cases followed by Osaka prefecture with 283 and Aichi and Hyogo with 88 each. […]The post Japan syphilis update and other infectious diseases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Opioids: Generic naloxone nasal spray gets FDA nod to treat overdose
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday granted final approval of the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, commonly known as Narcan, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. “In the wake of the opioid crisis, a number of efforts are underway to make this emergency overdose reversal […]The post Opioids: Generic naloxone nasal spray gets FDA nod to treat overdose appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Chikungunya outbreak affects 8,000 in the Republic of the Congo
Reports from the Republic of the Congo (computer translated) show that the chikungunya epidemic that began Jan. 7 has grown to 8,000 cases. The outbreak has affected eight departments ( Kouilou, Bouenza, Pointe Noire, Plateaux, Pool and Brazaville, Niari, Lékoumu). Officials from the National Public Health Laboratory reveal that the disease has already being seen […]The post Chikungunya outbreak affects 8,000 in the Republic of the Congo appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Connecticut: Bobcat that attacked golfer, horse had rabies
A bobcat that attacked a golfer and a horse in Baltic, Connecticut has tested positive for rabies, according to state authorities. The cat attacked a horse and a golfer at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course on Thursday. Another member of the golfer’s team was able to drive the bobcat off. The golfer was transported to […]The post Connecticut: Bobcat that attacked golfer, horse had rabies appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Tennessee reports 1st measles case of 2019
The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a case of measles after the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of the East Tennessee. While the investigation is currently centered in East Tennessee, all Tennesseans should be aware of measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include fever, […]The post Tennessee reports 1st measles case of 2019 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Hepatitis A outbreak: Pinellas and Pasco counties account for 38 percent of Florida cases
According to the latest data from the Florida Department of Health, 1,359 hepatitis A cases have been reported from the beginning of 2018 through April 13, 2019. The number of reported hepatitis A cases more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 and nearly doubled again in 2018 after remaining relatively stable in previous years. Case […]The post Hepatitis A outbreak: Pinellas and Pasco counties account for 38 percent of Florida cases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Maryland: 4th measles case reported in Baltimore, Pikesville area
Maryland state health officials have reported the fourth measles case in a Maryland resident. The Maryland Department of Health has advised that people might have been exposed to measles at the following locations at the following times: 4000 Old Court Road in Pikesville, MD on: Tuesday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Sunday, […]The post Maryland: 4th measles case reported in Baltimore, Pikesville area appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles in California update, Pertussis death in Orange County infant
Measles update In an update on the measles situation in California, state health officials are now reporting 23 confirmed measles cases, including 13 outbreak-associated cases as of April 17. Two outbreaks have been linked to patients with international travel Butte, Calaveras, Shasta, Tehama counties report nine total cases while Santa Clara San Mateo counties are […]The post Measles in California update, Pertussis death in Orange County infant appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Indiana University mumps cases rise to 17
In an update on the mumps situation at Indiana University (IU) -Bloomington campus, 17 cases have been reported since the first case on Feb. 21. According to a Daily Student report, IU spokesman Chuck Carney said it is unknown whether the latest case is affiliated with the fraternity that nine of the other cases are […]The post Indiana University mumps cases rise to 17 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
San Francisco reports big syphilis increases in women
San Francisco health officials report sexually transmitted diseases (STD) have been increasing steadily in San Francisco and across California since 2013. Some of the rising numbers include syphilis in women. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of women with syphilis has increased 144 percent to 71. In related data, statewide, 283 infants were born with […]The post San Francisco reports big syphilis increases in women appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Global measles up 300 percent in 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports preliminary global data that shows reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. By region, Africa has recorded a 700% increase, the Americas 60%, Europe 300%, the Eastern Mediterranean 100%, with 40% increases in Southeast Asia and […]The post Global measles up 300 percent in 2019 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles: Without renewed focus on vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force
In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States, when no sustained transmission of the virus was seen in this country for more than 12 months. Today, however, the United States and many other countries that had eliminated the disease are experiencing concerning outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine […]The post Measles: Without renewed focus on vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Multistate Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats, One death reported
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. Eight sick people were reported from four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania). All 8 people were hospitalized, including one death reported from Michigan. Two cases were reported in […]The post Multistate Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats, One death reported appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Salmonella outbreaks likely to become more severe: University of Sydney researchers develop model
Australia has more salmonella outbreaks than any other country in the world, with the number of cases doubling over the last decade. Over the past month alone, there have been numerous reports of the salmonella pathogen infecting eggs, leading to vast recalls of products and sparking calls from experts for more stringent hygiene practices. In […]The post Salmonella outbreaks likely to become more severe: University of Sydney researchers develop model appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles reported in the city of Detroit as Michigan total rises
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Michigan, state health officials are now reporting 43 confirmed cases since mid-March. To date, 40 cases have been reported in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, […]The post Measles reported in the city of Detroit as Michigan total rises appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Australia: Egg recall, travel health and Shigella
Steve’s Farm Fresh Eggs recall The NSW Food Authority advises that the following eggs are being voluntarily recalled by ‘Steve’s Farm Fresh Eggs’ because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE): Fresh Eggs From My Farm 12 Free Range Eggs 700g Fresh Eggs From My Farm Cage Eggs 700g The Use By date on […]The post Australia: Egg recall, travel health and Shigella appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Outbreak News interview: Vincent Racaniello, PhD
Virology blog was the first science website I followed, its been quite a few years now and it was an inspiration to me in using the internet to disseminate information on infectious diseases and up-to-date outbreak news. Because of my guest today, I saw real value in this type of reporting or blogging. He is […]The post Outbreak News interview: Vincent Racaniello, PhD appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Philippines: Holy Week tetanus warning, Measles at Zamboanga City Jail
Holy Week 2019 tetanus warning Every year at this time, Philippines health officials issue a warning to those who practice self-flagellation and crucifixion in the predominant Catholic country concerning the tetanus risk. Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said penitents who will be nailed to the cross should sterilize the nails, as well as […]The post Philippines: Holy Week tetanus warning, Measles at Zamboanga City Jail appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Suspected norovirus outbreak at Norwich University
Vermont health officials are investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal (GI) illness at Norwich University in Northfield after more than two dozen students and staff reported being sick. Based on the symptoms and length of illness reported, norovirus is suspected but has not yet been confirmed through laboratory testing. Health officials advise if you are sick […]The post Suspected norovirus outbreak at Norwich University appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
New York City reports most congenital syphilis cases in over a decade
New York City health officials reported an 186 percent increase in congenital syphilis cases from 2017 to 2018. In 2017, seven cases were reported, while preliminary data show 20 congenital syphilis cases last year. The twenty cases is the largest number of congenital syphilis cases reported annually in NYC in over 10 years, and included […]The post New York City reports most congenital syphilis cases in over a decade appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Enterococcus faecalis: Study identifies how it causes antibiotic resistant infection
A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. Infections acquired by hospitalized patients are more often antibiotic-resistant than those that occur elsewhere, and hospitals invest considerable effort to prevent them. Despite […]The post Enterococcus faecalis: Study identifies how it causes antibiotic resistant infection appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
NYC measles outbreak tops 300 cases, Lawsuits over mandatory vaccinations
New York City health officials reported an additional 44 measles cases in the past week, bringing the outbreak total to 329 in Brooklyn and Queens since October. To date, 62 cases have been reported in April alone. New cases were reported in Williamsburg (39), Borough Park (3), Midwood/Marine Park (1) and Far Rockaway (1). All […]The post NYC measles outbreak tops 300 cases, Lawsuits over mandatory vaccinations appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles outbreak in Guadalajara, Mexico
An epidemiological outbreak (more than three cases in proximity and time) of measles has been reported in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico, according to Ministry of Health of Castilla-La Mancha. MiraCorredor.tv reports (computer translated) six cases in recent days. The cases include six adults between 35 and 45 years of age. Two required hospitalization–one […]The post Measles outbreak in Guadalajara, Mexico appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Vanuatu confirms two diphtheria cases
Health officials on the South Pacific Ocean nation of Vanuatu have confirmed two diphtheria cases, according to a local media report. Recent results from laboratory tests in New Caledonia have confirmed two cases of diphtheria in school children aged 11 and 13 years. “The Ministry of Health is leading efforts to ensure families are protected […]The post Vanuatu confirms two diphtheria cases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Mozambique one month post-Cyclone Idai: Cholera, malaria
In a follow-up on the infectious disease situation in Mozambique one month after the landfall of Cyclone Adai, OCHA reports a recent reduction in cholera cases and a rise in malaria cases. To date, 5,897 cholera cases have been reported. However, officials say the cholera epidemiological curve showed a reduction in recent days, in line […]The post Mozambique one month post-Cyclone Idai: Cholera, malaria appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
New Hampshire hepatitis A outbreak: Increases ‘concerning’, 1st death reported
In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in New Hampshire, the DHHS Division of Public Health Services’ (DPHS) Bureau of Infectious Disease Control is reporting 79 outbreak cases as of Tuesday. Fifty cases required hospitalization and state officials reported the first fatality linked to the outbreak from Merrimack County. The rate at which cases […]The post New Hampshire hepatitis A outbreak: Increases ‘concerning’, 1st death reported appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Metabiota Launches New Epidemic Tracker Website
The World Economic Forum believes pandemics could cause a $570 billion annual loss to the global economy. With the proliferation of infectious disease threats, including the resurgence of Measles resulting in New York declaring a public health emergency last week to a recently discovered pathogen called Candida auris that has emerged globally as a multidrug-resistant infection, it has become […]The post Metabiota Launches New Epidemic Tracker Website appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Malaria: Mass drug administration (MDA) can grant herd protection, according to study
Researchers have provided the first evidence that mass drug administration (MDA) can grant community-level protection against Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) malaria. Their findings, published this week in eLife, suggest that malaria elimination programs intending to use MDA as part of their efforts should approach communities in a way that encourages high levels of buy in and participation. […]The post Malaria: Mass drug administration (MDA) can grant herd protection, according to study appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Lab Week 2019 with Dr Rodney Rohde
April 21 marks the beginning of Lab Week 2019, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy! Joining me today to discuss the medical laboratory profession and the importance of this week is Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Professions & Chair & Professor […]The post Lab Week 2019 with Dr Rodney Rohde appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Las Vegas area syphilis rate highest in country, Congenital syphilis increasing at an ‘alarming rate’
Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is the largest city, was ranked first in the nation for rates of primary and secondary syphilis in 2017, according to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD). In 2018, more than 1,000 cases of infectious syphilis cases were reported. In addition, cases of congenital syphilis have been steadily increasing […]The post Las Vegas area syphilis rate highest in country, Congenital syphilis increasing at an ‘alarming rate’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Frozen Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreak and Recall
By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe There’s a new outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses today linked to raw frozen tuna products packaged by Louisiana-based Jensen Tuna. Currently, the CDC and FDA report that in this Tuna Salmonella Outbreak there are 13 confirmed illnesses in 7 states, including: Washington, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, New York, and […]The post Frozen Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreak and Recall appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Cytomegalovirus, the RUSP and the National CMV Foundation
Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is arguably the most common, preventable cause of neonatal disability in the United States, affecting more than 30,000 children a year. My guest today started a Change.org petition advocating for congenital CMV to be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP). Here to talk more about CMV, the petition and […]The post Cytomegalovirus, the RUSP and the National CMV Foundation appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Earth’s Virology Professor: Vincent Racaniello, PhD
Virology blog was the first science website I followed, its been quite a few years now and it was an inspiration to me in using the internet to disseminate information on infectious diseases and up-to-date outbreak news. Because of my guest today, I saw real value in this type of reporting or blogging. He is […]The post Earth’s Virology Professor: Vincent Racaniello, PhD appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Florida reports 60 additional hepatitis A cases last week as case count steadily increases
In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida, state health officials reported 60 hepatitis A cases the week of April 7, bringing the number of outbreak cases since January to 811 and since last year to 1,359. The Florida Department of Health is actively working to vaccinate those most at risk for hepatitis […]The post Florida reports 60 additional hepatitis A cases last week as case count steadily increases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
West Virginia: Fentanyl deaths up significantly in recent years
If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso. Just as a minuscule cup of espresso can hype you up more than a whole mug of coffee, a single exposure to fentanyl can get a user vastly higher than injecting the same volume of heroin. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl is 50 times […]The post West Virginia: Fentanyl deaths up significantly in recent years appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Fudge bars sold at Price Chopper recalled due to Listeria risk
Price Chopper announced a voluntary recall of their store brand fudge bars due to the potential for Listeria contamination. The product, 30 ounce PICs Fudge Bars with a UPC of 41735 09250 and a best-if-used-by date of March 6, 2020, is made by Fieldbrook Farms. Fieldbrook Farms says a limited supply of 12ct PICS Original […]The post Fudge bars sold at Price Chopper recalled due to Listeria risk appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Vermont: Two coyotes test positive for rabies
Vermont health officials are reporting two coyotes in two different towns have tested positive for rabies since the beginning of the month, prompting officials to advise the public to take precautions. The first coyote was collected in Salisbury after it attacked two people. Tests at the Health Department Laboratory on April 2 determined it was […]The post Vermont: Two coyotes test positive for rabies appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Martin County is offering hepatitis A vaccines for uninsured or underinsured adults in Stuart
The Health Department in Martin County is urging good handwashing and vaccination to stop the spread of Hepatitis A in the community. The Health Department has confirmed 19 cases of Hepatitis A in Martin County and 3 deaths associated with complications from the virus. In Florida, more than 1,300 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A have been […]The post Martin County is offering hepatitis A vaccines for uninsured or underinsured adults in Stuart appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Uganda reports Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) fatality in Wakiso District
The Uganda Ministry of Health issued a press release Monday saying that there was one confirmed Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) case who died on Apr. 11. The deceased was a 32-year-old man from Bendegere village, Kasenyi Parish-Katabi sub country in Wakiso District. He was was buried in Jinja District. CCHF was confirmed by PCR […]The post Uganda reports Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) fatality in Wakiso District appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Stopping the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Venezuela is a matter of urgency for the country and region
Vaccine-preventable diseases have not just returned, but surged in crisis hit Venezuela, according to new research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). The study is by Dr Adriana Tami (University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands and University of Carabobo, Venezuela) and Dr Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi […]The post Stopping the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Venezuela is a matter of urgency for the country and region appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Venezuela: ‘The continued upsurge of malaria in Venezuela is becoming uncontrollable’
In February, I reported on malaria numbers in Venezuela compiled by a consortium of five global health organizations, which at that time estimated that the country has seen more than 1.3 million malaria cases in 2018….and counting. This week, researchers presented data at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, […]The post Venezuela: ‘The continued upsurge of malaria in Venezuela is becoming uncontrollable’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Medical Laboratory Professionals and Lab Week 2019 with Rodney Rohde, PhD
April 21 marks the beginning of Lab Week 2019, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy! Joining me today to discuss the medical laboratory profession–the education, including advanced degrees, certification and licensure, job prospects and more is the Associate Dean for Research, College of […]The post Medical Laboratory Professionals and Lab Week 2019 with Rodney Rohde, PhD appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Iowa reports 1st measles case since 2011
Iowa state health officials are reporting a measles case in an unvaccinated individual who just returned from Israel. The individual, from northeastern Iowa, has cooperated with public health officials. Public health officials are following up with potentially exposed persons to ensure they are vaccinated against measles; however, at this time there is no indication there […]The post Iowa reports 1st measles case since 2011 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Nipah virus: ‘It’s essential to develop a safe and effective vaccine’
Nipah virus is a type of RNA virus transmitted from animals to humans. The infection causes severe respiratory illness and symptoms including cough, headache and fever, which can progress into encephalitis, seizure and coma. Currently, there is no approved vaccine against Nipah virus available on the market. In recent years, outbreaks, from bat-to-human or pig-to-human […]The post Nipah virus: ‘It’s essential to develop a safe and effective vaccine’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles cases down in France
Health officials in France have seen a decrease in measles cases during the first quarter of 2019, according to recently published data (computer translated). From the beginning of the year, 561 cases of measles have been reported through Apr. 3 (compared to 1532 cases in the same period in 2018), of which 174 (31%) required […]The post Measles cases down in France appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Brazil: Wolbachia method to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito will be taken to more cities
Brazilian health authorities report that the use of the bacterium, Wolbachia, which has already been used in Rio de Janeiro, will be taken to the cities of Campo Grande, Petrolina and Belo Horizonte. The announcement of Wolbachia’s final evaluation step in the three municipalities was made by Health Minister Henrique Mandetta today during the opening […]The post Brazil: Wolbachia method to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito will be taken to more cities appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Connecticut reports 3rd measles of the year, linked to Brooklyn outbreak
The Connecticut Department of Public Health confirmed the state’s third measles case of the year on Friday. The patient from New Haven County contracted the viral disease during the last week of March while on a visit to Brooklyn, NY and is linked to an ongoing outbreak of measles in New York City. The latest […]The post Connecticut reports 3rd measles of the year, linked to Brooklyn outbreak appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
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